Stack's Bowers Senior Numismatist and Cataloger Jeremy Bostwick published an article on Swiss Shooting Medals, featuring the PHG Collection offered in the firm's upcoming May Collectors Choice Online Auction. Here's the article and some lot images that caught my eye.
Among the countless highlights in our upcoming May Collectors Choice Online (CCO)
auction, a four-day event running from May 16th -19th , we are happy to present a rather
extensive collection of artistic award medals from the PHG Collection, the vast majority of
which emanate from the increasingly popular series of Swiss shooting medals. While these
beautiful and highly alluring miniature works of art offer numerous collecting
opportunities, some of the particular standouts include more traditional designs, like lots
73534—issued for the Federal shooting festival held in Geneva in 1887—and
73504—awarded at the Western Switzerland shooting festival held in Biel in 1893.
utilize timeless motifs and iconography, with Neoclassicism serving as a popular
inspiration for engravers, such as lots 73531—presented for Geneva's Society of Riflemen
in 1882—and lot 73611—struck for the Federal shooting festival held in Frauenfeld in
Still others parallel the changing art movements of the late 19th and early 20th
centuries, employing hints of Art Nouveau on lot 73475—issued for the Aargau Cantonal
shooting festival in 1902—and featuring strong nods to Art Deco on lot 73559—awarded
at the Sempach annual shooting festival from the 1920s. These festival-centric issues
weren't limited to medallic form, however, as coins at times also commemorated the
events, with the crown module offering a great analog to the award medals.
example of a
shooting Taler is lot 73547—a 4 Francs from 1842 celebrating the Federal
Free Shoot in Chur. No matter one's specific collecting focus or interests, the PHG Collection
likely offers a number of treasures for collectors both advanced and novice.
Great medals. These remind me of my old friend and mentor Charles N. Erb of the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic Society. Of Swiss ancestry, Chuck was known primarily for collecting Bust Halves by die variety, but he also made a specialty of Swiss Shooting Talers, and spoke about them at WPNS more than once.
To view lots in the sale, see:
May 2023 World Collectors Choice Online Auction - Ancients, Latin America & World Coins Part 1 - Lots 71001- 71765
Wayne Homren, Editor
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